Jury President

Caroline Pretorius
Executive Creative Director, VWV Group
Johannesburg

Caroline has led VWV’s creative endeavour for the last 20 years.  During this time the experiential agency has won 12 Loeries Grands Prix and 39 Loeries Golds plus a raft of industry awards including Financial Mail’s Specialist Agency of the Year and Finweek AdReview’s Outstanding Performer Award.  

A seasoned expert, Caroline has guided the creative execution of hundreds of large-scale launches, events, conferences, activations, festivals and ceremonies for clients both here and around the world.  She played a key role in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and has been acknowledge locally and internationally for her directorship skills. Caroline serves on the Loeries committee and is a board member of the VWV Group and the Phakama Women’s Academy, a VWV initiative, which readies young women in the communications sector for the corporate world. 

Ami Alush
Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett
Tel Aviv

Bio pending

Logan Allanson
Innovation Creative Director, Ogilvy
Dubai

Learning an economics degree wasn't for me, I found myself drawn to the creative industry. I currently serve as the Innovation Creative Director and part of the senior management team for Ogilvy & Mather Dubai. I'm part of the core creative team that oversees the team of 32 plus creatives and have been instrumental in making Ogilvy Dubai one of the most successful agencies in the Middle East.

Together with my incredibly talented team, I strive to create ideas that transcend advertising. This has resulted in some highly successful campaigns, including Rescue Radio, Mums and Maids, Lifebuoy's Handle on Hygiene, Back Off Radio, Nestle’s, behavioural changing mobile App called Tummyfish and our latest campaign got the world talking about Potatoes which won the first Innovation Lion ever for the Middle East. My constant push for innovation and groundbreaking work has helped me win over 300 regional and international awards, including Grands Prix at London International, New York Festival and Dubai Lynx, as well as metal of every colour from the One Show, Clio, Cannes Lions, D&AD, Effies and the highly acclaimed, 4A’s Jay Chiat Awards for Strategic Excellence. I'm an avid collector of marbles, yo-yo’s, vinyl records and prefer Bovril over Marmite. I believe that creativity can change the world and this is at the heart of everything I do.

Juliet Honey
Creative Director, Net#work BBDO
Johannesburg

After a failed attempt at becoming a mechanical engineer, Juliet landed up studying graphic design which launched her head-first into advertising. She began her career at TBWA Hunt Lascaris as a studio assistant. She likes to believe that the late nights, spray glue fumes and working with some of the best advertising minds in the country gave her the perfect foundation for her career.

Since then, Juliet has worked at Grey Worldwide in Johannesburg, Lowe Bull in Johannesburg and currently finds herself at Net#work BBDO as a creative director.
Juliet loves creative ideas that are strongly rooted in a great strategy and beautifully crafted. Sometimes she draws memes.

Keri-Ann Stanton
Head of Public Relations, Avatar 360 Group
Johannesburg

Keri-Ann Stanton, Head of PR at Avatar, is a multi-award winning PR Strategist and Creative (Apex, Loerie, SABRE EMEA, African Excellence and Prisms). Having launched and grown two PR agencies (Kezi Communications and Engage Joe Public)  Stanton is now spreading her wings to influence PR and Comms for all agencies in the M&N Brands Group, including Avatar.

Manuela Dias de Deus
Director, One-eyed Jack
Cape Town

Manuela Dias de Deus is the Director of One-eyed Jack, which she founded in 2011. At the helm of this specialist entertainment marketing and communications agency, Manuela has won several PRISM Awards for media relations, sponsorship and reputation management; all within the live eventing space.  Set on scaling the business over the next couple of years, One-eyed Jack has won seven new accounts in the last six months and has seen the biggest growth period in the agency’s seven-year history.

It’s easy to see why when you look at Manuela’s extensive and varied resume. After studying PR in Johannesburg, Manuela moved to the UK to realise her passion for live brand experiences and sponsorship. Music, festivals and concerts have always been her thing and she has worked at some of the biggest festivals in the UK, including Glastonbury, WOMAD, VFest and Reading/Leeds Festivals. She’s no stranger to industry events either, having worked on the BAFTA’s, Q Awards, Kerrang! Awards and the Mojo Awards (she once had a casual drink with Leonardo di Caprio).

Motivated and determined, Manuela moved to Cape Town in 2011 to make her own way in the business world and has never looked back.  One-eyed Jack’s clients include Volkswagen SA, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Ballantine’s Whisky, MINI South Africa, Olmeca, The Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards and Rage Festival.

Marang Setshwaelo
Media & Public Relations, Dreamcatcher Multimedia
Johannesburg

Marang is a Johannesburg-based media maven and entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and MD of Dreamcatcher Multi-Media, a PR and events management company that has been operating for some 15 years. Currently the company employs 10 people and has serviced top brands, including Standard Bank, Diners Club, Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, Nestle and The Soul City Institute to name a few. 

Marang’s career began in the world of book publishing; her first job being an editorial assistant in a New York Publishing House – Simon & Schuster.  Returning to SA in 1998, she took a position as a researcher for an educational television production company.  She subsequently moved to work in public relations, where she was responsible for co-coordinating publicity and media relations.  

She later joined Sony Music SA as a freelance media manager where she coordinated media activities for artists in Sony’s local music division, amongst them Bongo Maffin, Hugh Masekela, Sibongile Khumalo, and Mafikizolo. Additionally, she has worked as a scriptwriter for an SABC television show and was also a freelance writer for an online magazine. 

Michael Leese Rolfe
Creative Director, FoxP2
Cape Town

MIchael began his career at Ogilvy cape town as an Art Director in 2003 and over the next 7 years contributed in raising the creative momentum of the agency significantly, winning accolades at One Show, Loeries and D&AD. In 2010, Michael took a creative director role at FoxP2 Cape Town and has been instrumental in evolving the agency into a fully integrated, creatively led company, while still retaining the garage band spirit that makes the agency so formidable. 

Michael has an ability to produce campaigns that find the sweet spot between creative excellence and effectiveness, and his work on brands like Frank.net and Ster-Kinekor has led to campaigns that deliver both the Loerie Integrated Grand Prix, and Apex accolades simultaneously. A love for creating branded content that enters popular culture, led to FoxP2 being ranked as the 2nd most creative agency in South Africa by the Gunn report in 2017, and secured him a spot on the judging panel at Cannes.

In his time at FoxP2, the agency has placed in the top 10 creative rankings every year, alongside agencies over 10 times its size, whilst consistently topping the Small Agency table. A father, surfer and ex-gymnast, Michael believes in work-life balance and in finding inspiration from beyond his comfort zone

Neo Mashigo
Chief Creative Officer, M&C Saatchi Group

Cape Town

From the beginning of his career Neo Mashigo has been passionate about African Creativity and producing Advertising work that is more representative of Africa. He is former Chairman and current board member of The Loerie Awards. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Creative Circle, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting creativity as a business tool.

Before joining M&C Saatchi Group, Neo was Executive Creative Director at two of South Africa’s Creative and largest Advertising Agencies Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg and FCB Johannesburg. With Neo at the helm, he was instrumental in leading both these agencies to the top spots in Creative Ranking Tables.

His efforts in the industry won him the Adfocus’s New Broom for 2012, This award is for leading the movement to transform SA vernacular advertising and attracting young black talent into the industry. Neo is also the Co-Founder of I See A Different You a collective of Soweto born Creatives who sort out to change the world’s view of Africa.

Neo has won several local and International Awards including a Grand Prix at Cannes Festival of Creativity and The Loerie Awards.


Steph van Niekerk
Freelance Creative Director, Independent
Johannesburg

Steph is best described as an award-winning integrated creative. Over the last 17 years she’s honed her skills as a copywriter at some of South Africa’s best ATL agencies. Known for insightful work that moves and engages people, she’s won nearly every local and international award, including a few Cannes Lions and SA’s first Gold One Show Pencil for TV and Cinema.

Believing that it was the best way to learn, she made the decision to dive head-first into the deep end of digital as Creative Director at SA’s largest digital agency network, where she headed up the McDonald’s account. Armed with the digital experience, she's back at Ogilvy. She believes that great stories are platform agnostic and that the idea should dictate the medium.

Sunshine Shibambo
Founder & Managing Creative Director, Cheri Yase Kasi
Johannesburg

Hlamalani Sunshine Shibambo is a known tastemaker and cultural curator that merges and develops ideas for corporate SA; lifestyle brands; artists; entertainment channels and traditional brand marketing to execute innovative concepts; events and quality through the line executions.” Born and bred in Johannesburg, Sunshine started working in the industry in 2004 creating a career focused on developing and sustaining unique brand ideas and tailor made concepts that are targeted at the diverse African market.

With 14 years in the “game” it is this reason; Sunshine has solid and respectable following on social media, with a mix of the consumers ages  and South Africa’s celebrities; events managers/promoters; lifestyle brands; PR & media companies. Qualified with two diplomas from the AAA School of Advertising in Art Direction and Marketing Communications in 2003. Studied Digital Brand Marketing with the Red and Yellow School in Cape Town and qualified for a certificate from Stellenbosch in 2014 to keep up with growing digital market clients are desperate to understand and engage.

In September 2018 her vision Cheri Yase Kasi Smart Creatives officially turns 3. June 2015 Sunshine started a consulting outfit called Pocket of Sun which eventually grew into Cheri Yase Kasi; a proudly African ideation specialist agency pioneering disruptive consumer centric experiential marketing strategies. Servicing top brands in Africa like Tigerbrands; Nestle; Unilever; Mercedes Benz and SAB Inbev